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HURIWA Endorses Enoh’s Inclusive Sports Development Initiatives

The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has offered a strong support to the Minister of Sports, John Enoch, eulogising his comprehensive and inclusive strategies aimed at advancing sports development across the nation.

The group said following recent criticisms directed at the sports minister, it conducted a thorough evaluation of the situation, concluding that such censures lack substantial evidence upon scrutiny.

Addressing the allegations raised in a recent editorial titled ‘Enoh, Minister of Football’, HURIWA asserted that these accusations are baseless and fail to grasp the broader context of the minister’s initiatives.

Speaking on Friday, the group’s National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko, disputed the accusation that the minister favours football over other sporting disciplines, contending that the narrative is misleading and overlooks the multifaceted nature of the minister’s endeavours in the sports sector.

According to him, the accusation lacks logical coherence, as it fails to consider the broader context of Senator Enoh’s actions and the comprehensive nature of sports administration in Nigeria.

He emphasised the significance of accountability within sports administration, applauding Senator Enoh’s efforts in advocating for transparency within the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF).

He stressed that criticising these efforts is “inappropriate and undermines the imperative for transparency and progress within Nigerian football.”

He underscores that “failures within other sports cannot be singularly attributed to the Minister of Sports.

“Instead, they often stem from systemic challenges necessitating comprehensive solutions, which Senator John Enoh has actively pursued during his tenure.”

He stated, “Accountability is a crucial aspect of the minister’s role, and demanding transparency from the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) is a legitimate endeavour aimed at improving Nigerian football for the benefit of all stakeholders.

“Criticising such efforts as tactless undermines the quest for transparency and improvement within the football administration,” he stated.

He pointed out that, “Senator John Enoh’s interventions with the NFF and other stakeholders should be viewed as proactive measures aimed at maximising the potential of Nigerian football rather than unwarranted interference.

“His initiatives, such as urging the NFF to implement a 10-year football master plan and facilitating the release of funds to settle outstanding debts, underscore his commitment to the sport’s holistic development,” Onwubiko said.

He acknowledged Senator John Enoh’s support for diverse sporting disciplines, including athletics, wrestling, boxing, and basketball.

“His active involvement in securing funds and improving conditions across these sports underscores a broader focus than suggested by the editorial.

“Under Senator John Enoh’s leadership, the Ministry of Sports has embarked on initiatives aimed at improving athletes’ performance through scientific and technical support.

“The establishment of the Ministerial Podium Performance Team, led by Professor Ken Anugweje, exemplifies the ministry’s commitment to optimising athletes’ potential and enhancing Nigeria’s competitiveness on the global stage,” he emphasised.

He commended Nigeria’s renewed commitment to combating doping under Senator John Enoh’s leadership, signifying the nation’s resolve to uphold integrity in sports and adhere to international standards.

He reiterated its endorsement of Senator Enoh’s inclusive and strategic approaches towards sports development in Nigeria adding that his “efforts to promote transparency, accountability, and excellence across various sporting disciplines deserve recognition and support from all quarters.”

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